Home to Work Ltd – ‘Craft / Upcycling Project’

The craft/upcycling project is led by Home To Work and beneficiaries are referred from partner agencies such as Department for Work and Pensions, Inspira, Cumbria Advice/Health & Wellbeing Support Team, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), Trades Hall, Age UK West Cumbria and other training providers and referral agencies that the project has built links with.

The project aims to provide a non-threatening and safe environment that actively engages those furthest from the labour market into engaging with the first or returning tentative steps into employment.

Nicola Greenhough, Project Manager, said, “We are pleased to have secured funding which has enabled us to continue the project until March 2017”.

Nicola added “We have worked hard to develop programmes that deliver relevant and realistic opportunities to local people with a view to building confidence and motivation, breaking down barriers and exploring solutions. The ultimate destination is employment but we ensure we support and endeavour each individual throughout their learning journey to achieve the best they possibly can. We purposely focus on small groups, no more than 8 learners to ensure that everyone can have the level of support they need as an individual to move forward.”


  • £35,000.00 match funding
  • 2.1 Full Time Equivalent Jobs Safeguarded
  • 50 Local People assisted in their Skills Development
  • 20 Local People helped to secure Employment, Education or Training
  • 250 Volunteer Hours


  • Increased number of clients assisted in their skills development (including long-term unemployed individuals)
  • Increased number of clients helped to secure employment/training/volunteering
  • Increased number of clients with additional needs supported (specifically people who experience mental health issues and/or learning disabilities)

Funds for the project have come from Copeland Community Fund, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbria County Council and Home to Work Ltd.